Small Scale Fun
Don Maye’s ‘Little D’ and its full-size brother, Jim
Birmington’s 1935 Model D (left). Faithful to the original
design, Don’s ‘Little D’ cuts a fine figure.
I built the ‘Little D’ in 2000. It has a spoke flywheel
land a two-speed transmission, as did the early John Deere Model
Ds. Power comes from a 7-9 HP Model AEH Wisconsin engine, a unit
that originated in the 1940s. It’s also fitted with a parking
brake, a hand-clutch pulley and a pulley brake. The differential is
out of a riding lawnmower. Spinning the 12-inch flywheel starts the
The full-size Model D lending scale is a 1935 model belonging to
Jim Birmington of Pueblo, Colo. Jim bought the tractor several
years ago, and fully restored it to its present state.
The quarter-scale Red Wing is a model of a 5 HP Red Wing
Thorobred, and was a retirement gift to me for 30 years of service
to Colorado Machinery, a John Deere dealer in Colorado. I received
the Red Wing as a kit, and did all the machining and assembly. It
has a 1-inch bore, 2-inch stroke and 8-inch flywheels.
Contact engine enthusiast Don Mayes at: 1124 Ruppel, Pueblo,
CO 81001, or e-mail: email@example.com
Keeping the Doodlebug Project Alive
Farmers from the 30s to the 50s built makeshift tractors called doodlebugs from available parts and pieces found on the farm.
Custom Built Cub Cadet Buggy
Check out Forest Spaulding’s custom-built buggy pieced together using several parts from a cub cadet and various other tractors.
Maytag Tractor, 29 Years Later
The son of the builder of a Maytag tractor featured in a 1989 article gives us an update.